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Social support will include the largest number of Emirati families, and implementation will take place next September

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Her Excellency Hessa bint Issa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, affirmed that the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, “may God protect him”, to restructure the integrated social support program, consolidates the vision of the UAE leadership that the UAE is one of the best countries in empowering society in all its categories. Supporting and providing the best quality of life for citizens in the country.

Her Excellency said, “The social support program will include a larger number of families, and the goal is to translate the vision of our leadership to provide the best quality of life for citizens in the UAE.”

Her Excellency indicated that the program is an important pivotal step in the social work sector, confirming the UAE’s determination to continue launching major government initiatives with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of the people of the country, especially among the low-income groups.

Her Excellency affirmed that the Ministry of Community Development immediately began implementing the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to provide support to the deserving people in all parts of the country, in coordination with all relevant authorities.

Her Excellency the Minister also added, “The Ministry of Community Development will start receiving requests for allowances instead of inflation, starting today, Tuesday, for those who meet the conditions, and the implementation of the new social assistance program will start next September.”

3 main programs within social support

In detail, the Ministry of Community Development clarified that the social support program for low-income people in the United Arab Emirates has a total value of 28 billion dirhams, where the value of annual social support has been raised from 2.7 billion to 5 billion dirhams annually.

The support program is fully covered by the Ministry of Community Development, while the program includes 3 main axes to support Emirati families with low incomes, including new allocations for support, increased bonuses, and the creation of bonuses for inflation and basic needs such as food, water, electricity and fuel.

Beneficiaries of social assistance

The Ministry of Community Development clarified that the disbursement of the allocations will start in the month of September 2022, explaining that the social assistance will be sums of money to be disbursed to beneficiaries with limited income according to the terms and conditions, and that the eligibility conditions are determined according to the social status.

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While the ministry revealed that those who are eligible for social assistance include a number of categories, namely families in which the breadwinner has reached the age of 25 years and above, and the family works and has an income less than the value of the assistance determined for the number of family members, and the retired who supports a family and the family income is less than the value of the assistance prescribed for the number of family members Under the terms and conditions.

Senior citizens, the medically incapacitated, people of determination who do not have an income exceeding the value of the prescribed assistance for the number of family members, families of prisoners, orphans, and those of unknown parentage who do not have an income that exceeds the value of the prescribed assistance, are entitled to social assistance.

Widows who have son/sons of people of determination and whose total income is less than the assistance prescribed for the number of family members, divorced women who have son/sons of people of determination and whose total income is less than the assistance prescribed for the number of family members, and widows during the waiting period and whose total income is less than the value of The assistance prescribed for the number of family members, and every person who does not work and has reached the age of 45 and does not have an income that exceeds the value of the assistance.

The value of social assistance

The ministry clarified that the value of social assistance is calculated according to the number of family members and its entitlement to allowances, and it varies from one family to another according to social situations. The fourth son, and the next, is 800 dirhams, and the allowance for children enrolled in university studies is raised to 3,200 dirhams for outstanding students enrolled in specific universities.

A housing allowance allowance of up to a maximum of 2,500 dirhams is added if the conditions of the allowance are met, and an experience allowance for the working and retired head of the family is added in the amount of 2,000 dirhams to the basic amount every 10 years until the basic amount reaches 13,000 dirhams per month.

The main beneficiary, who is 45 years old and does not work, receives conditional social assistance in the amount of 2,000 dirhams, which increases by 1,000 dirhams every five years, to reach 5,000 dirhams when he reaches the age of 60, and his wife receives the wife’s allowance in the amount of 1,000 dirhams until it reaches 3,500 dirhams when the husband reaches the age of 60. age 60 years The main beneficiary who is looking for work also receives temporary social assistance for a period of 6 months at a value of 5,000 dirhams, and the rest of the allowances related to the wife and children apply to him.

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Electricity and water support

The Ministry of Community Development indicated that the beneficiaries of the electricity and water subsidy will be carried out through coordination with the concerned authorities so that a monthly subsidy of 50% is provided for electricity consumption of less than 4,000 kilowatts, and a monthly water subsidy of 50% for water consumption of less than 26,000 gallons. It is possible to register for a request for electricity and water subsidy through the website of the Ministry of Community Development, starting from Tuesday, July 5, adding that those who are eligible for this support apply to the family in which one of its members (husband or wife) or both works and their total income is less than 25,000 dirhams per month, and this is done Calculating monthly salaries, pensions, returns from commercial licenses, returns on leased property and income from invested properties.

Retirees who have children under the age of 21, who are not married and who are not working, and whose total income is less than 25,000 dirhams per month, are entitled to electricity and water support. The Ministry of Community Development must be informed of changes in family income and changes in marital status.

fuel subsidy

The Ministry of Community Development clarified that the fuel subsidy for some groups of society with low incomes will be in the event that fuel prices rise above 2.1 dirhams / liter. The value of the support may vary depending on the case. The employed head of the family is entitled to a subsidy of 300 liters, while the working wife receives an additional 200 liters. The employed breadwinner from the husband or wife receives a subsidy of 300 liters if one of them does not have the support (retired or not working). In addition, the pensioner receives from the husband or wife a subsidy of 300 liters if he has children under the age of 21 who are unemployed and unmarried and one of them does not receive support (retired or not working). The fuel subsidy request will be approved in the ADNOC Distribution smart application and will be linked to the ID number.

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The support is disbursed to families with an income of less than 25,000 dirhams and have individuals on the job. Support is due to families whose members (husband or wife) A and both work and their total income is less than 25,000 dirhams per month. It also includes retirees who have children under 21 years of age. They are not married and do not work and their total income is less than 25,000 dirhams per month. This is done by calculating monthly salaries, pensions, returns from commercial licenses, returns on leased property and income from invested properties.

food bonus

The ministry clarified that food subsidies will be disbursed at 75% of the inflation rate of basic foodstuffs. The value of the subsidy is linked to the change in inflation rates for basic foodstuffs, and the subsidy increases with the increase in inflation. The family will be supported by the main beneficiary (the applicant). The food allowance can be benefited from through the outlets selling goods and foodstuffs approved for this initiative, which will be announced during the coming period.

The support is disbursed to families with an income of less than 25,000 dirhams and have individuals on the job. Support is due to families whose members (husband or wife) A and both work and their total income is less than 25,000 dirhams per month. It also includes retirees who have children under 21 years of age. They are not married and do not work and their total income is less than 25,000 dirhams per month. This is done by calculating monthly salaries, pensions, returns from commercial licenses, returns on leased property and income from invested properties.

The mechanism for applying for support and assistance

The Ministry of Community Development indicated that the mechanism for applying for social assistance and inquiries related to support will be through the website and smart application of the Ministry of Community Development. www.mocd.gov.ae; , and register using the digital ID or register with the Emirates ID.

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